Former X-ray tech faces 4th sexual assault charge

Kent County
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A former X-ray technologist is facing a new sexual assault charge in connection to a fourth Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital patient.

Francisco Muniz, 39, of Greenville, was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in the May 2018 alleged assault, according to probable cause documents.

The alleged victim in the May 13 incident said that while she was receiving X-rays at Blodgett’s emergency room, she fell asleep. When she awoke, she said Muniz had reached under her clothing and was sexually assaulting her, the documents show.

Muniz was formally charged on March 19 with fourth-degree sexual assault in connection to another Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital emergency room patient who was allegedly assaulted on Jan. 17, 2018. She came forward after seeing Target 8’s initial story on charges against Muniz.

On Feb. 27, Muniz was charged with one count of third-degree sexual assault and one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection to alleged assaults in July 2018 and January 2019. 

Target 8 discovered Spectrum Health was aware of the first case and the subsequent police investigation when the second and third incidents allegedly occurred.

At the time, Spectrum Health issued the following statement:

“The experiences described by some of our patients are heartbreaking. We have zero tolerance for sexual assault or any type of sexual misconduct. Our focus is on the individuals who have bravely stepped forward – we recognize this is not an easy thing to do, and they have our utmost respect. We are taking action to ensure our patients and team members feel safe in our care.

“We cannot comment on the ongoing investigation related to the former Spectrum Health employee. We continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement.”

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